August 22, 2009
Saturday 22nd August. Portaferry and back to Portaferry
We like Portaferry, but not this much
Sailed up to Down CC, intending to spend the night on their pontoon
Good sail on flat sea with seals and dolphins
Got there. Sod off, it’s a “club day/ sail past” or something. No visitors, no pontoon, no moorings available.
P.S. This is not a comment on the Club who I know from personal experience usually welcome visitors but sod’s law dictates visitors will turn up on the one day a year they’re not welcome and if no other arrangements are offered, visitors may be a bit miffed
Returned to Portaferry under engine. Now windy again. Made a complete horlicks of berthing with strong tide pushing Soay at an angle to the strong wind at yet another angle to the pontoons. However pride was restored a little later when “Duberry Superyacht” arrived (with extra added bowthruster) and made a much bigger horlicks (and a dint in the pontoon). Laugh? Me?
Fine day up to 1930. Then rain and increasing wind in the marina (S, 20 knots mid-evening)